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"Give me books, fruit, French wine, and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know." ~John Keats
Mr. Ford found this little gem in a tiny book of quotes about...books...while packing up all of our...books.
Maybe we have an obsession.
He read it aloud to me and said, "That gave me chills". He was moved by the simplicity and beauty therein of the image it conjured in his mind. Every word was exactly what his (and my) heart desires.
This is our new dream:
A sweet little cottage in the Normandy region of France, with some land on which to plant a small orchard of fruit trees, a vegetable garden, and of course, lots of lavender. A wine cellar full of aged French wine. A room purely for housing the myriad tomes we have collected in our travels across the world together, while in the Foreign Services. A large garden behind the cottage where we'll have a table and chairs set up for us to while away our days drinking the wine, reading the books, eating the fruit we've grown. And as the finishing touch a gramophone playing old Cole Porter and Edith Piaf records.
HOW PERFECT IS THAT?
Can't you just see it?!
Ah! The image of little old Mr. and Mrs. Ford in that diorama just makes my little heart soar!
And it's really rather simple...you know, once we actually get over there and find the cottage.
It's never too early to plan for retirement. :)